Myrica Wax Myrtle


Myrica cerifera
Also known as: Southern Barberry


Myrica cerifera
Also known as: Southern Barberry

Native Wax myrtle is an easy to care for, fast growing, dense evergreen ornamental shrub or small tree with aromatic olive green leaves when crushed. Use as a wildlife friendly screen or hedge that provides excellent high energy food source for birds in the winter, attracting and holding migratory warblers among others.

Fruit: Pale blue waxy, on females only, fall and winter

Wildlife benefits: Fruit eaten by tree swallow, bluebird, catbird, red bellied woodpecker, brown thrasher, white­eyed vireo, Carolina chickadee, myrtle warbler, and many other species of birds.

Companion Plants: Sweetbay, post oak, yaupon, sparkleberry, inkberry, beautyberry, swamp azalea Butterfly larval host: Redbanded Hairstreak Calycopis cecrops

Other Uses: insect repellent, aromatic when leaves are crushed, candle wax

Yearly Foliage: Evergreen shrub

Hardiness Zone: 5-9

Light: Full sun, partial shade

Mature Growth: 7-10 feet tall – 15-20 feet wide – Spacing 20 feet

Soil: wet to dry (xeris uplands) Salt tolerant

Blooms: March – May

Wildlife: Nectar-insects, Nectar-butterflies, Nectar-bees

Larval Host Plant for: Red Spotted Purple butterfly

Plant Size when available: Bare Rooted seedlings, 1 gallon, 2 gallon, 3 gallon

Additional information

Weight 7 lbs

1 Gallon, 2 Gallon, 3 Gallon